Dusters trounce Tullahoma
Following their 8-6 win over Lincoln County earlier in the evening, the Marshall County Dusters ran their record to 2-0 in pool play at the End of Summer Bash by defeating tournament co-host Tullahoma 11-3 in four innings on Friday night.
After building a 3-1 lead through the first two innings of play, the Dusters (22-9) blew the game open by pushing across eight runs in the top of the third to forge an 11-1 advantage before the game was called due to time restraints at the end of the fourth.
Although he had trouble finding the strike zone consistently, Marshall County starting pitcher Wilson Limbaugh proved to be effectively wild and picked up the win after tossing an abbreviated no-hitter while notching four strikeouts and yielding three runs, two earned, on seven walks.
The Dusters, conversely, finished with nine hits and six walks against two Tullahoma hurlers to go along with three Wildcat errors. Connor Bush (3 RBI), Zach Smith (2 RBI), and Lane Whitesell tallied two hits apiece to lead Marshall County at the plate, while Blake Darnell (2 RBI), Chandler Harmon (1 RBI), and Limbaugh each had one hit.
The Dusters wasted no time getting on the board and plated a run in the top of the first inning to grab a 1-0 lead. Whitesell belted a two-out double off the top of the left field fence before Harmon roped a RBI double down the left field line.
In the top of the second, Marshall County scored two more runs in the frame to open up a 3-0 advantage. Smith singled to lead off the inning prior to moving to second on a Derrick McKnight sacrifice bunt. Darnell and Ethan Evans then drew consecutive walks to load the bases with two outs before Bush smacked a two-run single into left centerfield.
Tullahoma scratched out a run in the bottom of the second to narrow the gap to 3-1, but the Dusters hit the Wildcats with a haymaker in the top of the third and crossed home plate eight times in the inning on the strength of a Whitesell single, a infield single by Limbaugh, a Smith two-run single, a two-run single by Darnell, an error, a Bush RBI single, three walks, and a passed ball to stretch their lead to 11-1.
One more run
After notching a run in the bottom of the third with the help of two walks and an error to trim the deficit to 11-2, Tullahoma pushed across another run in the fourth inning thanks to a hit batsman, two walks, and a RBI fielder's choice for the 11-3 final.
The Dusters then defeated Shelbyville 9-0 on Saturday afternoon, but failed to advance to the semifinals of the tournament after losing 9-2 to the Post 88 Blue team in their final pool game later that evening.